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  • Orthodox Patriarch Opposes Plan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque

    02/22/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkey’s government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk. Bartholomew I says Hagia Sophia should stay a museum (ANSAMed)
  • Disgraced US Prelate Could be Asked to Skip Conclave: Cardinal

    02/22/2013 7:26:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Global Post ^ | 2/19/13 | AFP
    US cardinal Roger Mahony, retired from church duties as part of a paedophilia scandal, cannot be banned from the conclave to elect a new pope, but could be advised to stay away, a fellow cardinal and canon law expert said in an interview on Tuesday. "The common practise is to use persuasion. There is no more that can be done. Cardinal Mahony has the right and duty to take part," Velasio De Paolis, one of the 117 cardinal electors due to participate, told La Repubblica daily. "This is a troubling situation but the rules must be followed," he said. "He...
  • Italian Paper Says Cardinals Discovered Homosexual Network Within Vatican

    02/22/2013 7:20:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    The Vatican has refused to comment on Italian press reports that an internal report on the “Vatileaks” scandal might have influenced the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to resign. The daily La Repubblica reported that in their report to the Pope, a commission of 3 cardinals investigating the leaked papal documents had found evidence of a homosexual network within the Vatican, and hinted at the possibility that some Vatican officials were subject to blackmail. “There will be no comment, denials or confirmation of what has been written in an Italian newspaper,” Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/22/13)[Prayer]

    02/22/2013 6:23:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/22/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Gibbor Milchamah - The LORD Mighty In Battle (Psalms 24:8) Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 22, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/22/2013 5:24:08 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/22/13 | Joel Osteen
    When Life Isn’t Fair Today's Scripture “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Everyone goes through things that don’t seem to make sense. It’s easy to get discouraged and wonder, “Why did this happen to me?” “Why did this person treat me wrong?” “Why did I get laid off?” But we have to understand, even though life is not always fair, God is fair. And, He promises to work all...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 22, 2013]

    02/22/2013 5:22:56 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of Spiritual Perseverance "Be still, and know that I am God . . ." —Psalm 46:10 Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. Our greatest fear is not that we will be damned, but that somehow Jesus Christ will be defeated. Also, our fear...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-13, Feast, Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

    02/21/2013 11:15:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2013   Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle   Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4 Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5,...
  • New auxiliary bishop for military archdiocese, Bishop-designate Robert J. Coyle

    02/21/2013 10:47:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald.com ^ | 02-19-13 | Catholic News Service
    New auxiliary bishop for military archdiocese Rockville Centre priest spent a decade as military chaplain. Catholic News Service Gregory A. Shemitz | CNS Bishop-designate Robert J. Coyle sings at the end of Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, N.Y., Feb. 11. Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop-designate Coyle, 48, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and a Navy reservist, to serve as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. WASHINGTON — Msgr. Robert J. Coyle, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., who spent 10 years of his priesthood in the...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/22/2013)

    02/21/2013 10:18:23 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 20 replies
    February 21, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6 (NIV) ----
  • Catholic Caucus" Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-13, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    02/21/2013 4:59:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2013   Thursday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said:“God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-13

    02/21/2013 4:53:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-20-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 20, 2013 Wednesday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:“Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of...
  • “Some people think truth is more important than loyalty to a tradition.” ['Leaving Mormonism']

    02/21/2013 4:53:35 PM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Sharon Lindbloom
    About a year ago news headlines announced that vast numbers of Mormons were leaving the Mormon Church. While that is perhaps considered old news today, for Mormons who are struggling with their faith it is very relevant. This 9-minute video, “Leaving Mormonism,” looks at some of the struggles and triumphs of Mormons who asked themselves some hard questions and...found peace in the answers. Leaving Mormonism from Andy Poland on Vimeo.
  • The Brazen Clericalism of Cardinal Mahony

    02/21/2013 4:48:22 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 21, 2013 | George Neumayr
    As archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony was famous for his petulance, dispatching angry letters to priests and others whom he considered insufficiently deferential. But now that he finds himself in a subordinate position as a retired and rebuked bishop he displays none of the deference he once demanded.No sooner had his successor stripped him of his diocese-wide “administrative” and “public” duties than the cardinal took to his “blog” to pout over the demotion through a snubbing letter. Hinting at a powerful faction of Los Angeles movers and shakers behind him while adopting a tone of passive-aggressive innocence, Cardinal Mahony...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-19-13

    02/21/2013 4:45:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-19-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2013 Tuesday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/21/13)[Prayer]

    02/21/2013 3:58:17 PM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/21/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Chereb - The LORD... the Sword(Deuteronomy 33:29) Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword.
  • Survivor: Sistine Chapel! Days 6 through 9 (in that order)

    02/21/2013 3:41:27 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    adeiinthelife ^ | February 21, 2013 | Mark Moorhead
    Day six's list of cardinal electors is as follows: PIACENZA Mauro [English, Italian]POLETTO Severino [English, Italian] POLICARPO José da CRUZ [English, Italian] PULJIĆ Vinko [English, Italian] RAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.  [English, Italian]RAVASI Gianfranco [English, Italian]RE Giovanni Battista [English, Italian]RICARD Jean-Pierre [English, Italian] RIGALI Justin Francis [English, Italian] RIVERA CARRERA Norberto [English, Italian]ROBLES ORTEGA Francisco [English, Italian]RODÉ Franc, C.M. [English, Italian] RODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B. [English, Italian]ROMEO Paolo [English, Italian]ROUCO VARELA Antonio María [English, Italian] Eliminated due to being outside the age of 60-71: POLETTO SeverinoPOLICARPO José da CRUZRAÏ Béchara Boutros, O.M.M.RE Giovanni BattistaRIGALI Justin FrancisRODÉ Franc, C.M.ROMEO PaoloROUCO VARELA Antonio MaríaSurvivors from day six (7 of 15): PIACENZA MauroPULJIĆ VinkoRAVASI GianfrancoRICARD Jean-PierreRIVERA CARRERA NorbertoROBLES ORTEGA FranciscoRODRÍGUEZ MARADIAGA Oscar Andrés, S.D.B.Total Survivors thus far (36 of 90):ALENCHERRY GeorgeAVIZ João BRAZ deBARBARIN PhilippeBERTELLO GiuseppeBETORI GiuseppeBOZANIĆ JosipBURKE Raymond...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    02/21/2013 3:22:15 PM PST · by Jeanbl · 10 replies
    2/21/13 | Jeanbl
    Exodus 14:13 . . . “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. . . 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
  • Another grim report on Pope's medical condition

    02/21/2013 3:19:29 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 20, 2013
    Pope Benedict XVI has experienced dangerous spikes in his blood pressure and has been advised by his doctor to avoid air travel, according to a report by veteran Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti. Tosatti said that the Pope’s medical condition shows “a progressive deterioration of his health and his energy” that explains the Pontiff’s decision to resign. The Italian journalist said that the Pope has suffered from insomnia, has almost completely lost vision in his left eye, and has fallen out of bed several times. Tosatti said that the Pope had been specifically advised by his doctor against making the overseas...
  • Mormon Reformation (Stay) or Mormon Evacuation (Leave the Church)?? [Vanity: Links]

    02/21/2013 3:11:46 PM PST · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian (Vanity) | Feb. 21, 2013 | Colofornian
    With Free Republic being down Monday thru part of Thursday, some may not have seen this latest wave regarding the recent struggle calling for Mormons to either reform their church -- or leave it. Some internal Mormon critics -- like John Dehlin -- favors Mormons staying, but realizes that's NOT an option for all disafffected Lds. (Three of the links below are from PowerPoint presentations by Dehlin) Along these lines, these articles/presentations were all posted on FR last Sunday...feel free to either comment here...or go to one or more of these links below and comment there...Also...the first, second, and sixth...
  • Canon Law and the Upcoming Conclave

    02/21/2013 2:46:36 PM PST · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | February 21, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q1: Can you please explain for us how the papal conclave will work? And are there any major aspects of it that will be different this time, because Pope Benedict is still living? –Leah Q2: Who can, and cannot, be elected Pope? –Joseph The Catholic world is still reeling from Pope Benedict’s astounding announcement last week, but the secular media has already been busily declaiming about the possible reasons for the decision, Pope Benedict’s legacy, possible contenders for the job, etc. etc. ad infinitum. In the process, the amount of misinformation that is being disseminated is staggering!